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The Münich motor show has been a show full of surprises. Not only because BMW has presented its fully recyclable, electric vehicle for 2040, but also because German startup Adaptive City Mobility (ACM) has shown the vehicle it has been working on for the past eight years.
The German startup made an appearance with the City One: a compact, electric micro-car that will have interchangeable batteries. ACM is leading the way in this second wave of electric mobility that aims to pave the way for more universal and affordable e-vehicles.
In fact, the Münich-based startup thought of the City One as the next generation of ride-hailing, taxi, car sharing, tourism and commercial vehicles for the logistics sectors. Indeed, its modular design provides the chance to be transformed into a van in only two steps.
The City One is able to fit up to five passengers, including the driver, and it’s meant to be sold at low prices in mass production (or at least that’s ACM’s plan). But what’s most interesting about this concept is that it offers a substitute solution to the shortage of fast charging stations.
Indeed, the EV comes with a manual battery-swapping system for range-extending capabilities. This swap could be made in less than three minutes and it could double the initial driving range of 240km (149 miles).
The production of the City One is expected to start in 2023 in Asia. The vehicle has an estimated starting price of €10,000 (almost $12,000 USD) that could range up to €15,000 ($17,700 USD).
Germany is home of some of the best automobile manufacturers in the world, but apparently it’s also becoming the birth-place of innovative startups like ACM that are joining the sustainable revolution. For more similar news take a look at our design section.